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The UPD team is constantly looking for ways to learn more about our industry and, by extension, improve the results we achieve for our clients. Our blog is where we share our latest thinking.

There is No Pill that Alleviates the Health Crisis of Racism

All across the country, city and county governments are declaring racism a “public health crisis.” This is a highly accurate statement given the disparities in quality medical care, life outcomes, and overall well-being for Black…
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Why we made a data governance course

Data collected by government organizations are a public asset, and they need to be managed in ways that protect the public’s interest. As government organizations move toward more equitable decision making and actions, the data…
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HBCUs and the NFL Draft: The Data and the Story

The history of football in the United States is as much a story of what’s taken place on the field as it is of American history itself. A historical look at the role of Black…
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The Power of Information Sharing and Communication

It’s undeniable that since the murder of George Floyd, America has seen an uptick in governmental introspection aimed at improving inequitable outcomes for Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC) and other historically disadvantaged stakeholders. For the state…
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C Change

The past few years have ushered in a new wave of organizational introspection related to antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI). It’s long overdue, and I’m glad to see it, but the prospect of achieving...
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Personal Foul

Many who know me know that, despite my rational self, I have been unable to break the codependent habits formed over a lifetime as a professional football fan.   I love the game in spite…
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We’ve declared Racism as a Public Health Crisis, Now What?

Since 2019, 50 municipalities and three states have declared racism as a public health crisis. The declarations are meaningful, but how do they lead to real organizational change?   Despite the already huge and growing…
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Walking the Walk & Talking the Talk of Equity Benchmarking

Analyzing equity benchmarks across a wide range of topics (i.e., education, health care, housing and economics) is much more feasible and important than ever before. The wealth of open data has placed public sector organizations…
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Leading with Impact: How companies are implementing ADEI initiatives to open doors to success.

My grandfather was a civil rights leader in San Antonio, TX. He was instrumental in desegregating lunch counters and movie theaters in 1965. He was motivated by a simple but noble goal for Black girls…
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Community Voice: Forethought not Afterthought

UPD’s panel “Turning Stakeholders into Champions” spotlights cutting edge family and community engagement strategies that go beyond online surveys. We are at a new point in history where “stakeholders” in school districts can no longer…
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